Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, also known as Thor Bjornsson or “The Mountain” posted an impressive clip just months after a major injury.
Thor is an Icelandic professional strongman who is widely regarded as one of the greatest strength athletes of all time.
“454kg/1000lbs deadlift,” he posted in an Instagram video. “9 months post pec tear. What will I pull 12 months from now?”
He also set the world record Standard Bar Deadlift (with deadlift suit & straps) – 501 kg (1,105 lb) in 2020.
In April last year, the 35-year-old suffered a horrifying pec tear injury, which left him unable to train and a huge scar across his chest. Bjornsson was attempting to set a new bench press PB at his gym in Iceland when the accident happened, but as he was lowering the 556lb barbell, his pec tore apart.
Thor is the first and only person to have won the Arnold Strongman Classic, the Europe’s Strongest Man, and the World’s Strongest Man competitions in the same calendar year, and holds numerous Strongman titles from multiple strength federations, including multiple world records. With 30 international competition wins, he is the third most decorated strongman in history, behind Lithuania’s Žydrūnas Savickas and Poland’s Mariusz Pudzianowski, and in terms of pure brute strength, many strength analysts and strongman experts regard Hafþór as “the strongest man to have ever lived”.
The deadlift is a weight training exercise in which a loaded barbell or bar is lifted off the ground to the level of the hips, torso perpendicular to the floor, before being placed back on the ground. It is one of the three powerlifting exercises, along with the squat and bench press, as well as a frequent lift in strongman.
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Thor also holds a unanimous decision win over Eddie Hall in boxing.